Breville Barista Express Impress Review 2023: Now With a Smiley Face!

After working as a professional barista for many years, Arne Preuss founded Coffeeness.

In today's Breville Barista Express Impress review I'll be taking a close look at the Australian manufacturer's newest offering. A couple of years ago I predicted that hybrid espresso machines like this would become all the rage.

In today’s Breville Barista Express Impress review I’ll be taking a close look at the Australian manufacturer’s newest offering. A couple of years ago I predicted that hybrid espresso machines like this would become all the rage.

I feel fairly confident in saying that I was right! I mean, you can now find espresso machines with built-in grinders at a range of prices. And manufacturers are falling over themselves to jump on the bandwagon. Still, it’s Breville that seems to be dominating this particular sector.

I’ve already reviewed a few Breville hybrids, so I kinda know what to expect. However, the Breville Barista Express Impress comes with new features that I’m excited to play around with. So much so that I’ve ordered one of these bad boys to test out! While I’m waiting for the Amazon box to hit my doorstep, let’s take a first look at what this espresso maker can do.

Breville Barista Express Impress Espresso Machine

Even better than the original!

Intuitive user interface

Stainless steel conical burr grinder

Assisted tamping

Stainless steel housing

Rather bulky

Limited steam power

Breville Barista Express Impress Review Overview

I’ve said it elsewhere, but it’s worth repeating: I have to hand it to Breville’s marketing department. They’ve successfully identified a niche audience and have really cornered the market. I’m talking about aspiring home baristas who want to experience “third wave coffee” without too much of a learning curve.

Seriously, take a look at Breville’s promotional video for the Barista Express Impress. It’s the perfect blend of ironic and earnest, featuring interviews with an independent roaster and a hipster barista. Breville has even started offering a $50 online espresso masterclass tutorial.

My cynical side sees all this as a giant corporation commodifying third wave coffee culture and cashing in. However, if Breville is convincing folks to abandon mass-market coffee in favor of fairtrade coffee beans from small roasters, where’s the harm?

As with its other espresso machines, the Barista Express Impress has been designed to incorporate what Breville calls the “4 keys formula.” That essentially refers to the correct dose, consistent water temperature, adequate pressure and the ability to create microfoam. In other words, pretty much everything I’d hope for from a machine that costs $875.00!

Breville Barista Express Impress First Impressions

Breville Barista Express Impress angle view.

If you’ve checked out my home espresso machine guide 2023, you may have noticed me gushing over Breville’s other offerings. In fact, I’d say the Breville Oracle Touch is one of my favorite machines of all time.

Clearly intended as an improvement on the Barista Express, the Impress shares many of the same features. You’ll still get a stainless steel conical burr grinder, 68 ounce (2 liter) water tank and 54 millimeter portafilter. However, the manufacturer has increased the number of grind settings to 25, which sounds very promising. During my Breville Barista Express review, I found the limited grind settings to be a real drawback.

Another new development is the so-called Impress Puck System. Not only is there assisted tamping involved here, a prominent LED display offers feedback on your dose. Further, the machine will remember what happened and adjust for next time. While that all sounds very cool, I tend to approach features like this with a healthy dose of skepticism – pun fully intended! I’ll explain why later in this Breville Barista Express Impress review.

As far as looks go, the Barista Express Impress is instantly recognizable as a Breville machine. The brushed stainless steel housing looks nice and sharp, while the pressure gauge and controls lend the machine a classic vintage vibe. Although this espresso maker is only going to enhance the aesthetics of your kitchen, it does take up quite a bit of space. Let’s just say it’d be best to take measurements before committing.

Breville Barista Express Impress Features

Breville Barista Express Impress on kitchen counter.

As you’ve probably guessed, there’s a lot that could be said about this amazing machine. Let’s continue this preliminary Breville Barista Express Impress review by looking at the machine’s many features. Incidentally, I’m determined not to make a dumb joke using the words “impress” and “express.” Let’s see if I can actually stick to that!

Compact Design

By home espresso machine standards, the Barista Express Impress is far from the most compact coffee maker I’ve come across. Still, most folks shouldn’t have too much trouble finding a spot for it in their kitchen. Anyway, seeing as this is a hybrid machine, you won’t need extra space for a burr coffee grinder.

With that said, the machine is a towering 16.1 inches (41 centimeters) tall, so fitting it under overhead cabinets could be tricky in some homes. Plus, you’ll need access to the bean hopper and water reservoir on a regular basis.

User Interface

Breville Barista Express Impress user interface.

Although the Barista Express Impress might look a little intimidating, it’s actually quite straightforward. Looking at the machine, there’s the bean hopper, grinder and tamping station on the left and the brew group and steam wand on the right. Remember, Breville has designed this thing to be as user-friendly as possible!

The user interface has a lot going on, but everything is really clear and well-labeled. There are buttons for selecting filter basket size and number of shots, as well as a dial for adjusting the dose manually. Other than that, you’ll see the LED indicator scale that provides feedback on your dose. Take note of the smiley face in the middle – this machine is your friend!

Grinder

As I mentioned earlier in this Breville Barista Express Impress review, the machine is equipped with a stainless steel conical burr grinder with 25 adjustment settings. I’ve had mixed results with integrated grinders like this.

Personally, I’d choose a separate grinder every time. However, I understand the appeal of a fully integrated hybrid machine and it can work. Even though I found the original Barista Express to be limited, I have high hopes for this improved version.

Anyway, the bean hopper sits on top and holds 8.8 ounces (250 grams) of beans. Below, on the left side of the machine, there’s a chunky grind adjustment dial. At this point, I should remind you to only make changes here when the grinder is running!

Dosing

Breville Barista Express Impress dosing.

Call me old-fashioned, but I really like weighing my coffee before brewing. That’s as much the case for pour over and French press as it is for espresso. In fact, my coffee scale is one of my most prized possessions! That’s why the intelligent dosing function on the Breville Barista Express Impress makes me a little uncomfortable. Maybe I’m just a control freak, but leaving the whole dosing thing to the machine just seems wrong.

With that said, Breville can assure us that the Barista Express Impress will provide the ideal dose of between 18 and 22 grams of ground coffee. What’s more, the machine will adjust the dose according to the results of the last shot you pulled. I won’t be able to pass judgment on how well this works until I’ve spent time with the machine. However, for now, I’m relieved to know that there’s a manual dosing option as well.

Assisted Tamping

This Breville Barista Express Impress review is about to get controversial, so brace yourselves! Espresso snobs and hipster purists will tell you that there’s no good alternative to manual tamping. Then again, that’s probably because they imagine there’s no way to replicate their hard-earned “expert” touch.

However, think about it this way: tamping is supposed to be one of the many variables in espresso preparation that’s consistent. And there’s just no way that a human can replicate the exact same amount of pressure every single time. 

The Barista Express Impress features an assisted tamping function that supposedly applies 22 pounds (10 kilograms) of pressure each time. If it works as advertised, I’m all for it. I mean, if tamping is taken care of, I have more time to fuss over grind size, water temperature and everything else!

Portafilter

Breville Barista Express Impress portafilter.

I’m pretty familiar with Breville’s 54 millimeter stainless steel portafilter. The thing has good weight distribution and feels nice and substantial. The Barista Express Impress also comes with single wall and double wall filter baskets.

As you may already know, double wall baskets are designed to be used with pre ground coffee. They regulate pressure and help achieve a decent extraction, no matter the grind consistency. However, you won’t get anywhere close to the complex results you’ll achieve by using freshly ground coffee and single wall baskets. Just sayin’!

Pre-Infusion

No matter which preparation method you’re using, it’s important to dampen the ground coffee slightly before extraction begins. If you’re making pour over this is called the blooming phase, and it’s called pre infusion in espresso preparation. Why does this matter so much? Well, it allows carbon dioxide to escape from roasted coffee and is crucial in the development of complex aromas.

Like any espresso machine worth its salt, the Breville Barista Express Impress has an automatic pre infusion function. During the first few seconds of the brewing process, it dampens the ground coffee slightly under low pressure. After that, the 15 bar Italian pump kicks in and extraction begins in earnest. What’s really cool is that you’re able to take over and control the pre infusion time manually. That’ll be sure to satisfy coffee nerds like me!

PID Temperature Control

The Barista Express Impress is equipped with a thermocoil heating system, which means you won’t be waiting around for your morning fix. In my experience, a thermocoil will be good to go in around 30 seconds. That sure beats the half-hour you’ll wait for a traditional single boiler machine to heat up. What’s special about this espresso maker’s heating system is that it’s controlled by a digital PID. This digital controller constantly monitors water temperature, ensuring that water is always delivered at the optimal 200 degrees Fahrenheit (93 degrees Celsius).

As an extra bonus, you’re able to make small adjustments to the water temperature. While newbies probably won’t need to worry about that, more experienced baristas will appreciate having the option. After all, a couple of degrees can make a huge difference to the flavor of your shots, depending on roast date, origin and more.

Microfoam

Breville Barista Express Impress milk foam.

If my experience using the manual steam wands on other Breville espresso machines is anything to go by, the Barista Express Impress will really deliver. The commercial-style steam wand rotates 360 degrees, allowing you plenty of maneuverability when you’re texturing milk. Plus, there’s a nifty rubber sleeve so you won’t burn your fingers.

The Breville steam wand might not be the most powerful, but it’ll have enough oomph to create silky microfoam. As it happens, I’m secretly hoping it’ll be an improvement on the original Barista Express steam wand. Incidentally, I should take a moment to congratulate Breville on including a stainless steel milk pitcher with the machine. That’s something other manufacturers often overlook. Thanks, Breville!

Cup Height

Seeing as this isn’t a super automatic espresso machine, you won’t be able to adjust the spout height. That’s not really a big deal if you’re brewing into espresso cups or latte macchiato glasses. However, you might run into difficulties using a taller travel mug.

I’ll be sure to test this out during my hands-on Breville Barista Express Impress review. However, I’m fairly confident that removing the drip tray will provide a ton more headroom.

Accessories

I already gave kudos to Breville for including a milk steaming pitcher. The fun doesn’t stop there, though; Breville goes above and beyond when it comes to accessories. Check out what you’ll get with the Barista Express Impress:

  • Stainless steel milk pitcher
  • 4 x filter baskets
  • Water filter with holder
  • Razor precision trimming tool
  • Cleaning tablets
  • Allen key
  • Steam wand cleaning tool
  • Cleaning disc
  • Cleaning brush
  • Descaling powder

Essentially, we’re looking at a complete barista starter kit, which is pretty awesome. By the way, there’s even a drawer located under the machine for storing your stuff. Anything that helps keep my workspace tidy is alright by me.

Warranty

As with all Breville coffee makers, you’ll get a one-year limited warranty with the Barista Express Impress. That’ll cover any manufacturer defects that may arise. Honestly, I’d say you won’t need to worry about anything going wrong – Breville products are known for being reliable and well-made. Still, it doesn’t hurt to know you’re covered.

How To Use the Breville Barista Express Impress Espresso Machine

Earlier in this Breville Barista Express Impress review, I touched on the fact that the machine has been designed to be user friendly. That’s kind of the whole point here. If you’re a beginner barista, all the variables involved in espresso preparation can seem overwhelming. So, a machine that takes care of dosing and tamping, while giving feedback along the way, could be a real bonus.

I’m not about to give you an espresso masterclass here, but I’ll give you a quick rundown on how to use the Barista Express Impress. Once I’ve had a chance to play with the thing, I’ll update this review with my observations.

First things first, you’ll need to attach the hopper and add coffee beans. Next, install the water filter and fill the reservoir with cold water. Once you’ve done that, plug the machine in and press the power button. The machine will spend around 40 seconds heating up, and once the power button has stopped flashing you’re good to go.

One more thing: before using the machine for the first time, flush it by running a few double shot cycles. Go ahead and purge the steam wand for a few seconds too. Okay, now you really are good to go!

Drink Preparation

  1. Start by placing the filter basket you’ll be using into the portafilter. Then, let the machine know by pressing the FILTER button to select the right size.
  2. Next, insert the portafilter into the grinding cradle and press the DOSE button. Incidentally, now’s the time to adjust the grinder setting, if needed. The manufacturer recommends starting at 16. 
  3. Once the grind cycle is completed, the TAMP indicator light will blink. Pull the tamping lever down all the way until the machine beeps at you.
  4. Now you’ll see what the Impress thinks about the dose. You want the smiley face to light up. If you’ve underdosed, the DOSE button will flash again, and you can repeat the process. It’ll add a little more ground coffee and you’ll tamp once more. If the dose is too high, you can use the trimming tool to remove some of the ground coffee from the portafilter.
  5. Purge the group head by pressing the 1 CUP button, then insert the portafilter and lock it in place. Depending on which filter basket you’re using, press either the 1 CUP or 2 CUP button to start brewing.
  6. The machine will begin by pre-infusing for around 8 seconds. Once extraction begins, you’ll see the pressure gauge needle move into the “espresso range” zone.
  7. Ideally, a double shot should take around 25 to 30 seconds, resulting in around 2 ounces of espresso. Anything less than that indicates that your grind was too fine. Conversely, a fast, pale shot that gushes from the portafilter spouts tells you your grind was too coarse.

Once you get comfortable using the Barista Express Impress, you can start playing around with water temperature, pre-infusion times and shot volumes. Everything you need to know about making adjustments can be found in the user manual!

Breville Barista Express Impress Cleaning

Breville Espresso Machine Cleaning Tablets.

When it comes to cleaning and descaling, the Breville Barista Express Impress makes it easy on you. That’s not to say you should slack off, though – espresso quality will diminish noticeably if you don’t take care of a few things.

I recommend rinsing the portafilter baskets after every use. Do yourself a favor and flush the group head after every espresso, too. As for the steam wand, milk residue will build up quickly, so wipe the thing off with a damp cloth after every cappuccino.

Fortunately, the machine will let you know when it’s time for deeper cleaning. For starters, the CLEAN/DESCALE light will flash when you need to backflush. You’ll need to use Breville Cleaning Tablets for this. Simply follow the instructions in the user manual and you’ll have a happy machine!

As for descaling, just because the Barista Express Impress has a water filter doesn’t mean limescale won’t be an issue. In any case, the machine will let you know when it’s time to descale. The process won’t take too long, although you’ll need to keep an eye on things. I always recommend using Durgol Descaler with espresso machines, but it’s best to consult the user manual just in case.

Breville Barista Express Impress Review Specifications

Breville Barista Express Impress
Manufacturer

Breville

Model number

BES876

Product category

Hybrid espresso machine

Housing material

Stainless steel

Color options

Stainless Steel

Milk frother

Steam wand

User interface

Buttons and dials

App

User profiles

Memo function only

Portafilter size

54 mm

Tamping

Automatic

Removable water reservoir

Water reservoir capacity

67.6 fl oz / 2.0 l

Number of boilers

1

Pump pressure

15 bar

Maximum cup height

4.0 in / 10.2 cm

Grinder

Stainless steel conical burr grinder

Grind adjustment levels

25

Bean hopper capacity

8.8 oz / 250.0 g

Specialty drinks

1

Pre-infusion

Adjustable coffee temperature

Adjustable milk foam temperature

2-cup function

Yes

Hot water function

Hot milk function

Milk foam only option

Water filter

Power consumption

1850 W

Weight

14.3 lb / 6.5 kg

Dimensions

16.1 x 12.9 x 14.9 in
40.9 x 32.8 x 37.8 cm

Warranty

1 year

Notes

Included Accessories: Instruction booklet, Magnetic tamper, Trimming tool, Coffee scoop, Milk jug, Water filter and holder, Cleaning supplies.

Current price on Amazon

$875.00

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Breville Barista Express Impress vs Other Espresso Machines

I wouldn’t feel good about signing off on this Breville Barista Express Impress review without comparing it to some other machines. So, let’s take a quick look at how the Impress measures up to its competition.

Breville Barista Express Impress vs Breville Barista Touch

Breville Barista Touch vs Breville Barista Express Impress.

Costing $879.95 on Amazon, the Breville Barista Touch is quite a step up price-wise. However, many folks will see the addition of a touchscreen display and automatic steaming as worth the extra investment.

If you’re looking for an espresso machine that’s even closer to a super automatic, the Barista Touch will deliver. Plus, the thermojet heating system is fast and efficient. Personally, I prefer the manual steam wand on the Barista Express Impress, but the Barista Touch will deliver consistent milk foam every time.

See Also: Breville Barista Touch Review 2023

Breville Barista Express Impress vs Breville Barista Express

Breville Barista Express vs Breville Barista Express Impress.

Even though the Barista Express Impress has been designed as an improvement on the Breville Barista Express, that’s not to say the original doesn’t have loads to offer. Plus, for $680.25, the Barista Express represents a very good value for the money.

You’ll find loads of the same features, although you’ll have to do without the Impress Puck System. What’s more, I found the grinder on the original Barista Express to be rather limiting – I just couldn’t get a consistently fine enough grind size for espresso.

See Also: Breville Barista Express Hands-On Review 2023

Breville Barista Express Impress vs DeLonghi La Specialista Maestro

DeLonghi La Specialista Maestro vs Breville Barista Express Impress.

Regular Coffeeness readers will know that I’m a huge fan of the DeLonghi La Specialista Maestro. It’ll set you back $1,399.95, but it’s worth every penny.

The DeLonghi is similar to the Breville Barista Express Impress in that it features assisted tamping. You also have the option to use DeLonghi’s automatic LatteCrema system for milk foam. What really sets the La Specialista Maestro apart is its awesome grinder and beautiful user interface. During my hands-on testing I was consistently impressed by how intuitive and easy to use the machine is.

See Also: DeLonghi La Specialista Maestro Hands-On Review 2023

Breville Barista Express Impress Review vs Others Comparison Chart

Breville Barista Express ImpressBreville Barista TouchBreville Barista ExpressDeLonghi La Specialista Maestro
Manufacturer

Breville

Breville

Breville

De'Longhi

Model number

BES876

BES880BSS1BUS1/BES880BTR1BUS1/BES880DBL1BUS1/BES880BST1BUS1

BES870XL/BES870BSXL

EC9665.M

Product category

Hybrid espresso machine

Hybrid espresso machine

Hybrid espresso machine

Hybrid espresso machine

Housing material

Stainless steel

Stainless steel

Stainless steel

Stainless steel

Color options

Stainless Steel

Black Stainless Steel, Black Truffle, Brushed Stainless Steel, Damson Blue

Black Sesame, Brushed Stainless Steel

Matte Stainless Steel

Milk frother

Steam wand

Steam wand

Steam wand

Integrated carafe and steam wand

User interface

Buttons and dials

Touchscreen

Buttons and dials

Monochromatic LCD with buttons

App

User profiles

Memo function only

Memo function only

Memo function only

Memo function only

Portafilter size

54 mm

54 mm

54 mm

51 mm

Tamping

Automatic

Manual

Manual

Automatic

Removable water reservoir

Water reservoir capacity

67.6 fl oz / 2.0 l

67.6 fl oz / 2.0 l

67.6 fl oz / 2.0 l

67.6 fl oz / 2.0 l

Number of boilers

1

1

1

2

Pump pressure

15 bar

15 bar

15 bar

19 bar

Maximum cup height

4.0 in / 10.2 cm

3.9 in / 9.9 cm

4.0 in / 10.2 cm

5.5 in / 14.0 cm

Grinder

Stainless steel conical burr grinder

Stainless steel conical burr grinder

Stainless steel conical burr grinder

Stainless steel conical burr grinder

Grind adjustment levels

25

30

16

8

Bean hopper capacity

8.8 oz / 250.0 g

8.1 oz / 230.0 g

8.1 oz / 230.0 g

8.8 oz / 250.0 g

Specialty drinks

1

8

2

6

Pre-infusion

Adjustable coffee temperature

Adjustable milk foam temperature

2-cup function

Yes

Yes

Yes

No

Hot water function

Hot milk function

Milk foam only option

Water filter

Power consumption

1850 W

1680 W

1600 W

1450 W

Weight

14.3 lb / 6.5 kg

26.8 lb / 12.2 kg

23.0 lb / 10.4 kg

35.2 lb / 16.0 kg

Dimensions

16.1 x 12.9 x 14.9 in
40.9 x 32.8 x 37.8 cm

16.0 x 12.5 x 12.7 in
40.6 x 31.8 x 32.3 cm

15.9 x 12.5 x 13.8 in
40.4 x 31.8 x 35.1 cm

18.5 x 16.5 x 14.0 in
47.0 x 41.9 x 35.6 cm

Warranty

1 year

2 years

1 year

2 years

Notes

Included Accessories: Instruction booklet, Magnetic tamper, Trimming tool, Coffee scoop, Milk jug, Water filter and holder, Cleaning supplies.

Included Accessories: Instruction booklet, Milk jug, Cleaning supplies, Cleaning brush, Trimming tool.

Included Accessories: Instruction booklet, Magnetic tamper, Trimming tool, Coffee scoop, Milk jug, Water filter and holder, Cleaning supplies.

Included Accessories: Instruction booklet, Cleaning supplies, Milk pitcher.

Current price on Amazon

$875.00

$1,099.95

$680.25

$1,399.95

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Breville Barista Express ImpressBreville Barista TouchBreville Barista ExpressDeLonghi La Specialista Maestro
Manufacturer

Breville

Breville

Breville

De'Longhi

Model number

BES876

BES880BSS1BUS1/BES880BTR1BUS1/BES880DBL1BUS1/BES880BST1BUS1

BES870XL/BES870BSXL

EC9665.M

Product category

Hybrid espresso machine

Hybrid espresso machine

Hybrid espresso machine

Hybrid espresso machine

Housing material

Stainless steel

Stainless steel

Stainless steel

Stainless steel

Color options

Stainless Steel

Black Stainless Steel, Black Truffle, Brushed Stainless Steel, Damson Blue

Black Sesame, Brushed Stainless Steel

Matte Stainless Steel

Milk frother

Steam wand

Steam wand

Steam wand

Integrated carafe and steam wand

User interface

Buttons and dials

Touchscreen

Buttons and dials

Monochromatic LCD with buttons

App

User profiles

Memo function only

Memo function only

Memo function only

Memo function only

Portafilter size

54 mm

54 mm

54 mm

51 mm

Tamping

Automatic

Manual

Manual

Automatic

Removable water reservoir

Water reservoir capacity

67.6 fl oz / 2.0 l

67.6 fl oz / 2.0 l

67.6 fl oz / 2.0 l

67.6 fl oz / 2.0 l

Number of boilers

1

1

1

2

Pump pressure

15 bar

15 bar

15 bar

19 bar

Maximum cup height

4.0 in / 10.2 cm

3.9 in / 9.9 cm

4.0 in / 10.2 cm

5.5 in / 14.0 cm

Grinder

Stainless steel conical burr grinder

Stainless steel conical burr grinder

Stainless steel conical burr grinder

Stainless steel conical burr grinder

Grind adjustment levels

25

30

16

8

Bean hopper capacity

8.8 oz / 250.0 g

8.1 oz / 230.0 g

8.1 oz / 230.0 g

8.8 oz / 250.0 g

Specialty drinks

1

8

2

6

Pre-infusion

Adjustable coffee temperature

Adjustable milk foam temperature

2-cup function

Yes

Yes

Yes

No

Hot water function

Hot milk function

Milk foam only option

Water filter

Power consumption

1850 W

1680 W

1600 W

1450 W

Weight

14.3 lb / 6.5 kg

26.8 lb / 12.2 kg

23.0 lb / 10.4 kg

35.2 lb / 16.0 kg

Dimensions

16.1 x 12.9 x 14.9 in
40.9 x 32.8 x 37.8 cm

16.0 x 12.5 x 12.7 in
40.6 x 31.8 x 32.3 cm

15.9 x 12.5 x 13.8 in
40.4 x 31.8 x 35.1 cm

18.5 x 16.5 x 14.0 in
47.0 x 41.9 x 35.6 cm

Warranty

1 year

2 years

1 year

2 years

Notes

Included Accessories: Instruction booklet, Magnetic tamper, Trimming tool, Coffee scoop, Milk jug, Water filter and holder, Cleaning supplies.

Included Accessories: Instruction booklet, Milk jug, Cleaning supplies, Cleaning brush, Trimming tool.

Included Accessories: Instruction booklet, Magnetic tamper, Trimming tool, Coffee scoop, Milk jug, Water filter and holder, Cleaning supplies.

Included Accessories: Instruction booklet, Cleaning supplies, Milk pitcher.

Current price on Amazon

$875.00

$1,099.95

$680.25

$1,399.95

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Verdict: Breville Barista Express Impress Review

Breville Barista Express Impress Espresso Machine

Even better than the original!

Intuitive user interface

Stainless steel conical burr grinder

Assisted tamping

Stainless steel housing

Rather bulky

Limited steam power

Having reached the end of my initial Breville Barista Express Impress review, I must say I’m really looking forward to getting my hands on the thing! I’m excited to test out the new dosing and tamping systems – I just hope they defy my limited expectations.

As of now, I can definitely see the appeal of the Barista Express Impress. Beginners will quickly be able to produce good espresso without a steep learning curve. Still, I feel like some folks might quickly outgrow this machine and want something more challenging. With that said, Breville has shown that it’s dedicated to improving its machines, which is great to see.

That’s it for my initial Breville Barista Express Impress review. If there’s anything you’d like me to focus on during my hands-on testing, let me know in the comments section!

Breville Barista Express Impress Review FAQ

Breville is an Australian manufacturer known for producing high-quality, well-made appliances.

As long as you’re using high-quality, whole bean coffee, the Breville Barista Express is capable of producing excellent espresso.

Thanks to its intuitive user interface, the Breville Barista Express Impress is very easy to use.

When dialing in your grind settings on the Breville Barista Express Impress, start somewhere in the middle of the grind scale. Depending on how your extraction turns out, make small changes either finer or coarser.

The Breville Barista Express Impress will let you know when it’s time to descale via a light on the user interface.

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